USC Sociology Faculty




Tenure Track Faculty

 
Jody Agius Vallejo
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
Office: KAP364C
Phone: (213)740-5047
Email: vallejoj@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Immigrant Incorporation, Race/Ethnicity, Mexican-Origin Middle Class, Middle-Class Minorities, Latino Entrepreneurs
Tim Biblarz
Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
Ph.D. University of Washington
Office: HSH314
Phone: (213)740-3547
Email: biblarz@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Family Sociology, Stratification and Social Mobility, Gender and Sexuality, Demography, Statistics
Lynne Casper
Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. Penn State
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: lcasper@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Family Sociology; Family Demography; Work, Family and Health; Gender, Work, and Family; Family Change and Variation; Social Demography, Quantitative Methods
Manuel Castells
University Professor, Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Techonology and Society and Professor of Communication, Sociology, Planning, and International Relations
Ph.D. University of Paris-Sorbonne
Office: ASC332C
Phone: (213)821-5386
Email: castells@usc.edu
Nina Eliasoph
Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: eliasoph@usc.edu
Macarena Gomez Barris
Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and Sociology
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3600
Email: gomezbar@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Associate Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity. Research interests include: Political Violence and Its Aftermath; Memory; Culture; Latina/o and Latin American Studies; Religious Tourism.
Katie Hasson
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: HSH314
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: khasson@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Gender; Science, Technology, and Medicine; Sexuality; the Body; Health and Illness
Sharon Hays
Professor of Sociology

Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: sharonrh@usc.edu

Research Specialities: cultural sociology; sociology of inequality; gender studies; social theory
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo
Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3606
Email: sotelo@usc.edu

Research Specialities: (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1990) Professor of Sociology: International migration and immigrant integration; gender; informal sector work;Mexican/Latino immigrant workers; religion and social movements for immigrant rights.
Jennifer Hook
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of Washington
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: hook@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Family Demography, Gender, Inequality, Work-Family, Social Policy, Child Welfare, Comparative Sociology
Elaine Bell Kaplan
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: KAP360
Phone: (213)740-8865
Email: ekaplan@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Race and ethnic relations; social inequality; sociology of childhood; gender, qualitative methodology, visual sociology
Dan Lainer-Vos
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. Columbia University
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-1082
Email: lainer-vos@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Nationalism (Jewish and Irish), Diaspora Politics, Economic Sociology, Sociological Theory, Historical Comparative Methods, Science and Technology Studies, Charisma, Conscientious Objection
Andrew Lakoff
Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Communication
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: KAP348 D
Phone: (213)740-7029
Email: lakoff@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Science and Technology Studies, History of the Human Sciences, Globalization Processes, Risk and Modernity
Paul Lichterman
Professor of Sociology and Religion
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: lichterm@usc.edu

Research Specialities: culture (public culture, civic and political culture, organizational culture), religion, political sociology, civic engagement, theory, qualitative methodology, ethnographic methods
Alwyn Lim
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of Michigan
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: alwynlim@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Organizations and Institutions; Global and Transnational Sociology; Human Rights and Social Movements
Michael Messner
Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-8848
Email: messner@usc.edu

Research Specialities: sex and gender, gender and sport, gender-based violence
Dowell Myers
Professor of Policy, Planning, and Development and Sociology
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Office: VKC363
Phone: (213)740-7095

Research Specialities: (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981) Professor, School of Policy, Planning, and Development: Immigration; ethnic change/demographic diversity and trends; growth management; housing & urban development; real estate market analysis; local census data analysis; urban growth, sprawl & quality of life.
Ann Owens
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences

Office: HSH204
Phone: (213)821-5730
Email: annowens@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Urban Sociology, Sociology of Education, Social Stratification, Social Policy, Quantitative Analysis, Spatial Analysis
Rhacel Salazar Parrenas
Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: parrenas@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Gender, Migration, Families, Intimacy, Economic Globalization, Women and Work, Feminist Theory, Asian American Studies, Philippines and Southeast Asian Studies
Manuel Pastor
Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Office: JEF102
Phone: (213)740-5604
Email: mpastor@college.usc.edu

Research Specialities: Urban poverty and regional economies; Latinos in the urban U.S.; environmental justice; labor markets and low-wage workers; social movements and social justice.
Emily Ryo
Assistant Professor of Law and Sociology
Leland Saito
Associate Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
Office: HSH851DowneyWayHSH314
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: lsaito@usc.edu

Research Specialities: (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1992) Associate Professor of Sociology and ASE: Race and ethnic relations; Asian American Studies; urban politics; urban sociology; historic preservation; economic development; redistricting; qualitative research methods
Merril Silverstein
Professor of Gerontology and Sociology
Ph.D. Columbia University
Email: merrils@usc.edu

Research Specialities: aging, quantitative methods
Veronica Terriquez
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: veronica.terriquez@college.usc.edu

Research Specialities: Immigrant incorporation; Educational Inequality; Civic Engagement; Transitions to Adulthood
Avelardo Valdez
Professor of Social Work and Sociology
John Wilson
Professor of Sociology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Architecture
Ph.D. University of Toronto
Office: AHFB55F
Phone: (213)740-1908
Email: jpwilson@usc.edu

Research Specialities: GIS, spatial analysis,environmental modeling, mapping
 

Research Faculty

 
Brian Finch
Professor (Research) of Sociology and Spatial Sciences
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
Office: ICT2000
Phone: (310)448-0328
Email: brian.finch@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Social Demography; Population Health and Health Disparities; Quantitative Methods
Richard Flory
Associate Professor (Research) of Sociology
Ph.D. University of Chicago
Office: ACB439
Phone: (213)740-2155
Email: rflory@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Culture, Religion, Urban, Youth, Civic Engagement, Faith-Based Organizations, Community Organizing and Development
 

Lecturers

 
Emir Estrada
Lecturer

Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: eloy@usc.edu
Christine Jun
Lecturer

Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: cjun@usc.edu
Charles Potts
Lecturer

Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: cpotts@usc.edu
Jennifer Rosen
Lecturer

Office: KAP352
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: rosenjl@usc.edu
Karen Sternheimer
Associate Professor (Teaching) of Sociology
Ph.D. University of Southern California
Office: HSH314
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: sternhei@usc.edu
Research Specialities: Popular culture, moral panics, childhood and youth, celebrity culture
 

Emeritus Faculty

 
Constance Ahrons
Emeritus Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison
Phone: (858)274-8943
Vern Bengtson
Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Phone: (213)740-8242
Lamar Empey
Emeritus Professor of Sociology

Phone: (307)527-7880
Malcolm Klein
Emeritus Professor of Sociology
Jon Miller
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Ph.D. Washington State University
Office: ACB439
Phone: (213)821-4070
Email: jonmill@usc.edu

Research Specialities: Sociology of religion, Comparative historical sociology, Social movements, Visual methodology
Edward Ransford
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
Office: HSH204
Phone: (213)740-3533
Email: ransford@usc.edu
Maurice Van Arsdol
Emeritus Professor of Sociology
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